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Elaine Ferrell

Elaine Ferrell

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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Elaine's work combines: Science, Non-Profit Organizations, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Distance Learning Program Coordinator

I communicate about science, manage a robust webinar program, and liaise with transportation professionals.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    American University

  • Graduate Degree


    The George Washington University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Distance Learning Program Coordinator:

Bachelor's Degree: Communication, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Chose a bad school

  • 2.

    Chose a bad major

  • 3.

    Had trouble finding first job after grad school

  • 4.

    Had a horrible job

  • 5.

    Had another horrible job

  • 6.

    Had a bad relationship

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    You can't do anything with an English degree.

  • How I responded:

    Write every day! I've taken multiple writing classes where I share my work and have received multiple compliments. Do what you love, but not necessarily for a career.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • The college I chose to attend right after high school was a terrible fit. I transferred after one year and lost some credits, so I did an extra semester, but it was worth it to find a school that fit me—not the other way around.